Upcoming Mortal Kombat is reportedly a reboot titled Mortal Kombat 1

by Danny Craig  · 
Upcoming Mortal Kombat is reportedly a reboot titled Mortal Kombat 1
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It appears that the new Mortal Kombat will not be Mortal Kombat 12, but instead, a reboot titled "Mortal Kombat 1," according to an official teaser as well as a leak.

The details:

  • On May 10, the game's official Twitter account posted a new teaser for the upcoming Mortal Kombat. The teaser follows the second hand of a clock clockwise until it reaches 11, then jumps past 12 directly to 1. This has led many to believe that the series will be completely rebooted with a new storyline.
  • The theory of a reboot appears to be correct, as trustworthy leaker @billbil-kun has revealed some alleged information about the game, including its title, Mortal Kombat 1. It will reportedly be available as a PC and current-generation exclusive, but, surprisingly, a Nintendo Switch version will also be available. Because of the handheld's limited power, it may be a cloud or "lite" version of the game that lacks certain content and has poorer performance and visual quality. WindowsCentral’s Jez Corden also confirmed that he had heard similar information, including a September 2023 release date.
  • Rumors of a reboot began to circulate earlier this month after NetherRealm released a teaser video showing what appeared to be sand falling from an hourglass before zooming in on the final grain before it explodes. Many speculated that it was related to Kronika, the antagonist of Mortal Kombat 11 and the "Keeper of Time," who used an hourglass to control time and space. The events of Mortal Kombat 11's DLC also may have suggested that a reboot was in the works.

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